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called the text of Steevens and Malone), is shamefully disfigured through the tasteless and unwarrantable deviations from the original copies, made by the modern Editors of Shakspere. The text given by Mr. Knight, in his Pictorial and Library Editions, is founded upon the most careful collations; and a reason is assigned in those editions for every deviation from the received text of the modern copies. To print the Text of the Works of Shakspere, such as we may judge that it proceeded from his pen, so as to make his real words accessible to all, is the object of The Cabinet Edition.' Alexander applied the perfume-cabinet of Darius to a noble use: I will have it,' he said, to serve for a case for Homer's books.' The works of Shakspere, in like manner, deserve a Cabinet that may always be at hand, like the case for Homer's books.' This Cabinet Edition will not be rendered bulky by much Commentary. A few glossarial Notes will be added to the Text, to explain words and sentences which are not familiar to the general reader.
The Cabinet Edition will be completed in Forty Numbers, each Number containing a complete Play, at SIXPENCE; to be published Weekly.
Also, in Ten Volumes, at HALF-A-CROWN each, bound in cloth, with gilt edges, to be published Monthly.
**The Weekly publication commenced on Saturday, the 7th of January; and the Monthly will commence on the 1st of February.
London: CHARLES KNIGHT and Co., 22, Ludgate Street.
THE FOLLOWING WORKS ARE PUBLISHED BY
1.-SKETCHES OF CHINA:
Partly during an Inland Journey of Four Months,
Whilst the partisans of the present and the late administrations are disputing for the honour of having suggested the operations which have led to the termination of the war in China, it has not been unnoticed that to the sagacity and experience of the author of this work is to be traced the public announcement of the principle through which the Chinese government was to be most effectually contended against. The following is the conclusion of Mr. Davis's last work, published in 1841:-"The cruise of the Conway and Algerine has esta
blished the most important fact, that the great Keang is navigable forty miles inwards from its mouth, and that a clear chanuel exists for vessels of any size, with a depth of five or six fathoms water. Whenever it shall be found necessary or expedient to make war' on the Chinese government, in the sense which that term bears everywhere else, nothing can at once so severely distress and perplex it as the blockade of the Grand Canal at Kwa-chow; but this, to be completely effective, must commence before the grain and tribute junks begin their departure for the northward, in the month of May, or perhaps earlier. When it is considered that the food and clothing of Peking, the rice and tea, the silk and cotton, proceed almost entirely from the south of the great river, by what may really be called the alimentary canal of the empire, it is impossible not to acknowledge the importance of this point, so vulnerable to our steamers and ships of war, and at the same time so vital to the Chinese."
2. THE CHINESE:
A General Description of China and its Inhabitants.
In one closely-printed volume, price Five Shillings.
* This work was originally published under the superintendence of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. The present edition has received the most complete revision of the author, and is much enlarged. It is printed in this condensed form, that an original work of authenticity on the subject of China may be circulated at the cheapest rate.
"For a description of the country, I must refer you to Davis's Chinese,' which is a most faithful description both of country and people."-Extract from the Letter of an Officer on board the Admiral's ship off Nanking, which has been published in the newspapers.
3.-COMMERCIAL INTERCOURSE WITH
This little work, which forms one of the numbers of 'Knight's Store of Knowledge,' will be found of general use at the present opening of the trade with China.
London: CHARLES KNIGHT & Co., 22, Ludgate Street.